There’s Only Two Things That Money Can’t Buy…

Hi this is Leslie Harris, and folk singer Guy Clark once sang, “There’s only two things that money can’t buy and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”

My husband decided to start a raised garden this year, and this is the first time either one of us has ever really tried gardening. So far, we have been enjoying zucchini, cucumbers, basil, and tomatoes! The problem is the critters.

As soon as one of our tomatoes begins to get close to being that perfect, deep orangy-red, we found it on the ground, half eaten. It’s heartbreaking.

Contrary to what all of my friends have experienced, we did not have a crazy amount of zucchini, but our garden didn’t get watered while we were on family vacation so I think that had a huge effect. We did harvest about 5 or six of them, and they were very good.

So I’m looking for suggestions, about keeping the critters away from my tomatoes, and about gardening in general. We have a small space, about 10×5, and we’d like to know how to maximize our output. What should we plan next year? How should we prepare our garden this fall? What other suggestions do you have? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!